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Sweet Solera is Newmarket’s Saturday feature

The Group 3 Sweet Solera Stakes, for two-year-old fillies, is the highlight of Newmarket’s Saturday card. It recalls the name of the 1961 1000 Guineas and Oaks winner.

At two, Sweet Solera finished third in Royal Ascot’s Queen Mary Stakes and then won twice at Newmarket in July. At three, she won all her four races, starting with the 1,000 Guineas Trial at Kempton and the Thirsk Classic Trial. She started co-favourite at 4/1 for the 1,000 Guineas, which she won by a length and a half from Ambergris. In the Oaks she again beat Ambergris by a length and a half. She did not run again and proved disappointing at stud.

Who wins this year’s Sweet Solera?

Seven go to post for this year’s Sweet Solera Stakes. There is little between three of them on form. Main Edition won her first three starts, culminating in Royal Ascot’s Albany Stakes, in which she beat La Pelosa by a neck. They met again in the Duchess of Cambridge Stakes at the July Meeting. However, it was a messy race. Both Main Edition and La Pelosa were badly hampered, La Pelosa finishing fifth and Main Edition seventh. The latter was just getting outpaced when squeezed for room.

There was just a short-head between Ajrar and La Pelosa when they finished second and third to Look Around in Sandown’s Listed Star Stakes last month.

Pennywhistle and California Love both won over Saturday’s course and distance last time out. California Love looked the more impressive, quickening well to win easily. However, it’s interesting that Frankie Dettori has forsaken Ascot’s Shergar Cup to ride Pennywhistle for John Gosden.

Impulsion finished third behind Royal Intervention in Newmarket’s Empress Stakes over six furlongs. The winner went on to finish second to Angel’s Hideaway in an Ascot Group 3.  Impulsion made no show in a Deauville Group 3 last time out, which has to be a negative.

Outsider Model Guest will struggle to land this.

It looks wide open but Godolphin’s La Pelosa gets a tentative vote.

About Chris Pitt

Chris Pitt is a racing historian and freelance journalist. He has written three books including 'A Long Time Gone', chronicling Britain's lost racecourses, and 'Go Down to the Beaten', stories of jockeys who didn't win the Grand National. He founded the Midlands Racing Club and was formerly racing correspondent for BBC Radio WM.

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